We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Indiana Federal Judge upholds voter ID law. How can that be news? How can anyone expect to vote without identifying themselves? Vote fraud in some of America's Democratic Machine cities is famous and well-known. There is no American who does not carry some form of ID, and I have always assumed you needed some to vote anywhere. The chutzpah of the Dems to angrily oppose this is an astonishing admission of devious intent.
Working on a tow-boat. A romantic, macho, outdoor career with echoes of Mark Twain. CSM
Some scientists need to determine to what extent the hot air from Al Gore's speeches contributes to global warming. I have become convinced that this "issue" is primarily ideological/political. The only good outcome of this movement might be to hasten the construction of new nuclear power plants. Like others of the limo liberals who don't need real jobs - Robert Kennedy Jr. comes to mind, these bozos, who couldn't pass Physical Chemistry - a highly cool area of rigorous study - march off with their junk science as if experts, to make themselves feel, and appear, virtuous.
"Is a stay at home Mom a traitor to feminism?" Sort of a bizarre question, since it postulates 1) a war, of sorts, and 2) that having a career is the highest expression of being human, when what it mainly is is a way to pay the bills. Cathy Young at Reason takes another look at careers vs. Mommys. As a bit of a Momma's Boy myself, I side with the Moms.
The Death Cult of Islam takes another step forward. Gateway. If you want to be a suicide bomber, get in line. They have 70 already waiting to get into Israel.
Good article on PC twit assailing at home mothers. I was at home with my kids full time until the youngest went to school. It definitely "destroyed" my career, but that was my choice, my kids are far more important than any egocentric dreams of glory, and I take full responsibility for it. And, Duh, I was happy and fulfilled at home. Blame nobody's "sexism" for not inviting me back to the "glittering" world of work...
I support my family now in a field nothing to do with my vocation, because of an unemployed spouse, and people having no qualms about hiring women for things they are over-qualified for. My identity I draw (gasp) from being a mommy and, in nostalgic moments, from being a Cliffie. You can tell one, but you can't tell her much...
Every decent parent, male or female, knows that their children are a far higher priority, that one's identity as a parent is far more central than one's professional identity. Love and work both matter. But the greatest of these is love, St Paul reminds us.
Also, when one descends from the upper middle class stratosphere as I have had to, one discovers that working class and lower middle class men and women both still want the mom to be able to stay at home with the kids while they are young. They know it is better for the kids, better for the marriage, better for society in the long run.
Any enterprising full time mommy should be encouraged to figure out a gradual re entry to the adult world, even while babies and children consume most of her energy. I chaired church committees that met while my babies slept, did volunteer work while they were in nursery school, and got plenty of adult company and made a small contribution to my community. Once all were in nursery school, I could work parttime during those hours. The part time work led to the full time work that now suppports my family.
I still envy women who don't have to work full time while dealing with teenagers. If I had my druthers I would work part time, and might be better able to stay good tempered with my adolescents and discouraged husband.
Breadwinner or no, I am still the primary emotional caretaker of my family, and I know that since working full time I have not done as well at being a sympathetic wife. It seems that this is true for many working mothers--enough genetic programming still for us to put offspring first when energy is scarce? But nobody said that life was fair....